|Psoriasis and one of its possible treatments|
Berberis aquifolium [ mahonia] has been used since long for various skin problems.
it also has been found to be quite effective for blepharitis [skin problems of the eyelid [there are various manifestations],mostly one will have a lot “flakes”[“kaskasim”] around the eyelids.
For psoriasis I have often prescribed berberis aquifolium.
It is not possible to give you all the [known to me] methods of treating psoriasis by a short e-mail. There is so much difference in patients, everybody with his special problems ,which may make some herbs more appropriate for the one then for the other [not to speak about homeopathy]
Anyhow , we are always dreaming about a simple ,”one-formula” medicine good for everybody. Today I will write you one possible formula [please don’t use it for years without asking!!]
berberis aquifolium 50 cc / fr. cardui mar. 30 cc /ginkgo biloba 20 cc /arctium lappa 30 cc/ echinacea 40 cc/ viola tricolor 30 cc all of these as mothertincture!! and together mixed in one bottle. you may take some 30 to 60 drops 3 times a day with some water, with or without food. Ask the farmacy [gilo,oplatka] to use the herbal tictures from the company”ketsar”.
i sent to various articles about psoriasis in the past. One suggestion was to eat more corn [maize] if you like it.
Now follows an article about bereberis:
Folk remedy may yield new treatment for psoriasis
May 24, 2006
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Psoriasis is a difficult disorder to treat because the severity and distribution of psoriatic plaques varies immensely, and because current medications can have undesirable side effects. This common skin disorder affects more than 4.5 million people in North America.
But according to an article in the American Journal of Therapeutics (March/April 2006, Volume 13, No. 2, p. 121-126), a natural preparation from a plant holds promise for psoriasis sufferers.
Steve Bernstein and other researchers from the Dermatology and Cosmetic Center in Rochester, New York conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study using a proprietary topical cream prepared with Mahonia aquifolium.
This plant, also known as the barberry, Oregon grape, or berberis, grows wild in North and South American and Europe. It was initially used in American folk medicine as an oral medication for inflammatory skin diesases including psoriasis and syphilis.
Of the 200 psoriasis patients enrolled in the trial, 97 completed the 12-week course and 74 completed the same regimen using a placebo cream.
Bernstein and his colleagues traced a statistically significant improvement of the signs and symptoms of moderate plaque psoriasis compared with patients receiving placebo. The medication was well tolerated when applied to the affected area twice a day for twelve weeks. No significant side effects were reported by either the active or control group.
The researchers concluded that the cream containing Mahonia aquifolium extract is a safe and effective treatment for mild to moderate psoriasis.